Keep Calne Clean Campaign
To help ‘Keep Calne Clean’, trained Calne Town Council staff are now able to issue fixed penalty notices to those who litter or fail to clean up after their dogs.
The cleanliness and welcoming appearance of the town has recently been recognised at the RHS South West in Bloom awards, where Calne was awarded Gold status.
However litter is an ever increasing problem, with the town council’s Street Cleaner collecting 3 to 5 black bags of litter per day. This service is additional to Wiltshire Council’s street cleaning responsibility.
Whilst the town council can now issue these fines, it would rather work with the community to reduce the problem and increase understanding about the impact of litter and dog waste on the community’s health and the environment.
Click on the links below to find out more about fixed penalty notices:
What is a fixed penalty notice?
Who can issue Fixed Penalty Notices?
What can Calne Town Council issue a Fixed Penalty Notice for?
How long do I have to pay the fine and how much is it?
Can I dispute the fine?
What happens if I don’t pay the fine?
How does dog fouling impact the health of the community?
1. What is a fixed penalty notice?
Fixed penalty notices can provide the council with an effective and visible way of responding to low level environmental crimes such as dog fouling and littering. FPNs will normally only be issued after all other avenues have been exhausted.
2. Who can issue Fixed Penalty Notices?
Eight Calne Town Council staff have received training from the Keep Britain Tidy organisation to issue Fixed Penalty Notices.
3. What can Calne Town Council issue a Fixed Penalty Notice for?
a. Failure to remove dog fouling
b. Allowing a dog into an Exclusion Zone (eg. play areas)
c. Failure to keep dog on a lead
d. Failure to put dog on a lead when directed by an Enforcement Officer
e. Depositing litter
4. How long do I have to pay the fine and how much is it?
You will have 14 days to pay the £75 fine. There is, however, a reduction to £50 in the case of littering if paid within 10 days.
5. Can I dispute the fine?
There is no formal right to appeal against a fixed penalty notice. If you have received a FPN for littering or dog fouling you can challenge the FPN within 14 days of the issue of the notice.
If you do not agree that you committed the offence then the matter will be dealt with through formal prosecution via the courts. It will then be up to the court, on receiving evidence, to determine whether or not an offence was committed and therefore whether or not any penalty should be imposed.
6. What happens if I don’t pay the fine?
All unpaid FPN’s, which have been served appropriately, will be pursued through the courts.
7. How does dog fouling impact the health of the community?
More commonly, failing to clean up after your dog can create a slip hazard and cause infections when in contact with wounds. In rare cases, contact with dog waste can lead to toxocariasis, an infection caused by roundworm parasites (toxocara) spread from animals to humans via their infected faeces. The symptoms of this disease can be unpleasant and difficult to treat and can include stomach upset and pain, headaches, a sore throat, wheezing and listlessness. In some cases, larvae reach the eyes where they can cause sight problems and in rare cases blindness.